Question about Siemens 200 Amp Main Breaker 30 Spaces 40 Circuits

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Not all Breakers in Breaker Box working,

Only inter mitten breakers working in the box. Its not the breakers, replaced them. Not the connection on the post. Do not see any visible problems, pulled breakers and looked at bus and nothing looked suspicious. Do I need a new breaker box this one is a Siemens 200 amp and only about five years old.

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  • jeramypdx Nov 15, 2008

    Thanks I'll give them a call.

  • Daniel Jenkins
    Daniel Jenkins May 11, 2010

    contact your electric utility to make sure your electric meter and such are functioning properly. Probably would be worth calling an electrician out to double check things, probably a simple easy fix. The electric company is notoroious for basically passing the buck on problems like this to the customer if the problem is after the electric meter.

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Did you ever get it fixed?
i have the same problem you describe.

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POSSIBLE THE BREAKERS ARE WORKING AND THE NEUTRAL IS OPEN , MOVE ONE OF THE WIRES FROM A BREAKER YOU KNOW TO BE WORKING ,THEN REPLACE IT WITH ONE THAT IS NOT IF CIRCUIT COMES UP THE BREAKER IS NOT WORKING IF IT DOES NOT THE PROBLEM IS THE NEUTRAL WIRE FOR THAT CIRCUIT MOST WILL BE WHITE WIRES ENTERING PANEL , IF THE BREAKER ALTERNATE WORKING MOVING DOWN THE BUSS SAY #1 WORKS #2DOESNT #3WORKS #4 DOESNT ECT ON THE SAME SIDE OF PANEL YOU HAVE A DEAD BUSS ,CAUSED BY BAD MAIN OR THE FEED FROM METER BASE ,THEN YOU SHOULD CALL ELECTRICIAN

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What main breaker


Look at label of marking on breaker box.
Square D would have D with a square.
Take one of the individual circuit breakers to local box store and see which brand breaker matches.
Or take circuit breaker to electric supply house and see who sells that main.
Not all mains are available.
And if main was getting hot, it might have damaged the busbar so whole panel needs to be replaced.
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1 question can Cutler Hammer breakers have the amperage feed through the breakers. To the breaker box and from the box grid to the load. Does it matter which way the amperage is fed through the breaker?...


There seem to be several questions mingled in with those 2 questions.

1) Amps can go either way

2) Breakers trip when heat exceeds certain level. Heat is caused by amps.

3) You want to add a subpanel in garage.
I do not know the code in your area for installing a subpanel.
Your plan will work by connecting 6 gauge wire to main breaker, and new 60 amp breaker will protect wires between main box and subpanel.
Remember, wires going into main breaker cannot be turned off without pulling meter.
Some areas require license to pull meter.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-circuit-breaker.html

4) To work around license and meter-pull, simply replace a 240V breaker in main panel with your new 60 amp breaker.
Then move breakers around to match new set-up.
New subpanel can accommodate two new 240V breakers and one new 120 Breaker
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-a-subpanel.html

5) 6 gauge wire is correct for 60 amp breaker.

6) I'm not sure what you mean by the box rails?

7) Do you need more amperage on main service?
This means adding a larger service panel with 150 Watt or 200 Watt main breaker.
Some areas require service upgrade when remodeling or adding circuits.

8) How to figure total amp draw at your house.
Add up total watts being used.
For example you have 1/2 Hp motor
754 watts per Hp
1/2 Hp = 377Watts
Volts x Amps = Watts
Amps = Watts divided by Volts.
377 Watts divided by 240Volts = 1.57 amps (plus a bit more amperage when motor starts)
40 watt light bulb divided by 120Volts = .33 amps
Double oven has label located inside door that shows upper and lower wattage.
Dishwasher, dryer, big screen TV, satellite receiver all have labels that show wattage.
Water heater has label that shows wattage of each element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Figure-Volts-Amps-Watts-for-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/See-inside-main-breaker-box.html

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200 amp breaker is melting and power is flickering in house


Usually this is a defective breaker, possibly caused by water intrusion into the panel. This is NOT a do it yourselfer job -- refer this to a professional who knows what they're doing. The meter base needs to be pulled to cut the power to repair it and you are dealing with power that has virtually no fuse or breaker protecting it. If that sounds dangerous, there's a good reason -- it is. I get unnerved doing these. I hope I've helped you, though maybe not the answer you were hoping for.

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Can a circuit breaker fail? There is no power in my daughters room, but the circuit breaker seems to be fine. It doesn't reset or fix the problem.


Make sure to click breaker completely over to one side and then click all the way back to reset.

Yes, breakers go bad.

You can check your breaker in a simple way.

Turn main breaker OFF.
Mark daughter's breaker.
Take cover off breaker box.
The main breaker will still have power on the lugs where big wires connect.
Rest of box will have no power.
Notice that each 120 volt breaker has a wire connected to end of breaker.
Use screwdriver and tighten this wire.
If screw is already tight, then loosen screw and pull wire out, and move wire to another breaker marked with same amperage. For example if daughter's breaker is 20, then move wire to another 20. Now there will be two wires connected to that breaker.
Turn power ON and see if daughter's room is restored.
This set up will work fine until you have time to replace breaker with same brand as marked on breaker box, usually available at home center (if available).

If power is not restored by moving wire, then there is a loose wire inside a junction box located in daughter's room.
Test each receptacle in room to confirm that nothing on that circuit has power.
If some receptacles have power, start opening other receptacle boxes looking for loose wire, especially at the quick-connects where wires stab into back of receptacle device.
If whole circuit is off, then to isolate location of loose wire, start at the ceiling box, and see if there is a loose black or white wire. Most electricians run wire from breaker to the ceiling box, and then other wires spread out from there and go box to box until each box has a black and white wire that connects back to original breaker.

Dec 29, 2010 | Electrical Supplies

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Do you hhave a wireing picture or plan to wire the load center


Here are links that show basic wiring inside a breaker box.

Please look at the images.
If you need more help, answer back and we'll go to the next step

http://waterheatertimer.org/See-inside-main-breaker-box.html

http://waterheatertimer.org/240-v-water-heater-circuit.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Circuit-breakers.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Color-codewire2.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Figure-Volts-Amps-Watts-for-water-heater.html

Breaker size:
15 amp breaker connects to 14 gauge wire
20 amp breaker connects to 12 gauge wire
30 amp breaker connects to 10 gauge wire
Home Depot and Lowes have a breaker and wire size size chart next to wire cutting machine
These stores have guys who know the basic breaker size for your big appliances
Each appliance has a name plate showing wattage and voltage.
The wattage tells you what size wire.
The voltage tells you what size breaker and whether you need a 120V breaker or 240V breaker.

To lay out your home wiring:
The kitchen microwave needs a 20Amp 120V 'dedicated' line that goes just to the microwave.
The rest of the kitchen plugs are served by another 20 amp 120V breaker
When laying out rest of house, figure how much wattage might be used in an area.
For example the den might have a big 500Watt TV, and 2 ceiling fans and 4 lights.
Add up the wattage and decide how many plugs and switches you want on each breaker.
Now let's say you have a 20Amp breaker which can carry 1920 Watts for the den.
Inside the breaker box you have a 12 gauge wire for the 20 Amp breaker.
The 12 gauge wire has a black, white and bare ground.
The black connects to breaker. The white and ground connect to Neutral busbar.
The 12 gauge wire leaves the breaker box and goes to the first box in the den.
This box is your junction box.
The junction box can be a switch box or a ceiling light box.
You cannot have any junction boxes that are covered by drywall.
Junction boxes must be accessible. All boxes must be accessible.
For example, you choose a ceiling box for your junction box.
The junction box is also the same box your ceiling light connect to.
From your junction box, you branch off a wire that goes to next box.
And then a wire branches off next box and goes to next box. And so on.

If you need more help, answer back and we can help.

Oct 24, 2010 | Gb Electrical 100 Amp GE Load Center

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How do you get the circuit breakers ot of the box its a square D type HOMT please help we have no electricity in camper


Very simple: Unhook the wire from the breaker and then pry up at the center of the box... the breaker slips over a blade at the center of the box and tucks under a pair of tabs near where the wire connects.

That is, the breakers tip up from near the center of the box toward the outside.

You can use aa flat screwdriver to go right between the breakers at the center to nudge them up to start... DO NOT put the driver in more than 1/4 inch.

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I have a home built in the 50's. circuit breakers are pushmatic. 7 breakers on a side. The locking bar down the center will not allow me to replace 2 single pole breakers with double pole. It's for an...


You need to put in what we call a sub box. This should be done by a licensed electrician, but if you really want to do it yourself you will need a distribution box some wire and it has to be connected directly to your main lags from the meter box, this box will have a main breaker built into it and spaces for additional breakers, depending on your existing wiring the electrician might chose to wire the additional box directly to your meter base and not your existing box. Either way you really should seek local professional help on this project, just for your safety and to satisfy your home-owners insurance.

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Tim

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